Governor Cuomo: Free SUNY, CUNY Tuition to STEM Students in Top 10% of HS Class
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on May 6, 2014 a scholarship that provides a full SUNY or CUNY tuition scholarship for top-performing students who pursue and work in the STEM field in New York State for five years after graduation.
The New York State Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program will encourage the best and brightest high school students to pursue high-demand, high-tech careers and build their future in New York.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 6, 2014
“By helping New York’s best and brightest students launch their careers in-state and in STEM fields, we are laying the foundation for a truly world-class workforce,” Governor Cuomo said. “This program offers a tremendous step forward to the top ten percent of our high school students, and it will open doors not just for them but for our State as a whole. I am proud to launch the STEM Incentive Program this year, and I encourage all eligible students to apply today.”
“Across New York, STEM careers are growing 2.5 times faster than those in any other field, and the Governor’s incentive program is a valuable opportunity for the next generation to fill the gap,” said SUNY Chancellor Zimpher. “The program gives top-of-their-class students a world-class education in high-need fields while creating a pipeline of elite talent for the state where our workforce and economy need it the most. At SUNY, we are looking forward to getting this innovative program up and running.”
The sponsoring New York State Agency, called HESC, is the student financial aid agency that helps people pay for college and a national leader in providing need based grant and scholarship award money to college-going students.
Programs that it oversees include the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), numerous state scholarships, federal college access grants and a highly successful College Savings program. In the 2011-12 school year alone, HESC provided more than $979.4 million in grants, scholarships and loan forgiveness benefits, including $931 million awarded through the Tuition Assistance Program, to students.
To be eligible for a STEM award, a student must be attending a New York State high school and be ranked in the top ten percent of his/her graduating class (beginning with the 2014 graduating class), and enroll in full-time study at a SUNY or CUNY college in the fall term following high school graduation.
Award details and applications are available at the HESC website and due August 15, 2014.